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About Us

Solomon Schechter Academy is a dynamic Jewish Day School. We are one school with two streams, an English Section as well as a Section Française. We are one Jewish Family reflecting our unique Montreal mosaic. Solomon Schechter Academy’s focus is on the needs and growth of its students in order to foster lifelong learning, a passion for excellence and a strong connection to Jewish values. The goal of an education at Solomon Schechter is to develop students that are dynamic, critical thinkers who respect the Jewish traditions of the past. The Academy’s educational process is a vibrant partnership between students, parents and educators.

Our Vision

To be the leading elementary school in Montreal that develops students who are creative thinkers and future leaders with strong Jewish values

Our Mission

Solomon Schechter Academy lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning and instills a passion for excellence and Jewish traditions.

Our Values

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Responsibility

  • Tikkun Olam

  • Innovation

  • Excellence

Tzedakah

An important part of our education program is to teach every child to be committed to their community and their people.  We will therefore ask children to bring money for various charitable funds in order to develop their sensitivity to the needs of others.

We have incorporated teaching units in Jewish civics and good citizenship into our curriculum.  In addition to Jewish National Fund and Federation CJA projects, each grade will do a Tikkun Olam project on the theme chosen by their teachers.  The project will entail learning about a needy cause and performing good deeds.

The hallmarks of a Solomon Schechter education are:

  • We take pride in our exceptional academic program and challenge our students to think critically in three languages

  • We have a dedicated and experienced faculty with teaching assistants in every class.

  • We support each student to be comfortable both academically and socially through our dynamic and passionate team of social services professionals, animators and B’not Sherut (Israeli animators) and Shinshinim.

  • We offer a fully integrated Section Française and English Section program, allowing the students to benefit from diverse backgrounds.

  • We engage every student in animated theatrical performances, vibrant art exhibitions, traditional holiday celebrations, and interactive math and language happenings, exploring common themes in three languages.

  • We organize an annual Israel trip for our grade 6 students to serve as a culminating activity for the Jewish history they have learned.

  • We incorporate into daily learning state of the art technology such as Smart Boards, robotics, computer animation, wireless laptops and video-conferencing.

  • We provide our students with the opportunity to be involved in physical education and a competitive sport

  • We educate our students to become actively involved in charities in response to local and

  • We nurture a close connection with Afik, our partner school in Be’er Sheva, providing our students a direct relationship with Israel.

  • We encourage and welcome our parents’ involvement through committees working together for our solid future.

  • We nurture children as young as 3 years old (Jr. Prekindergarten) in our new state of the art Amiel Centre.

Our Facilities

Situated on Cote St. Luc Road since 1955, the Academy offers 28 spacious, bright, air-conditioned classrooms. Most rooms are 750 sq. ft. in area – allowing space for in-class libraries, audio-visual equipment as well as space for group work. In addition to the classrooms, students benefit from 6 tutorials rooms where remediation and enrichment instruction takes place. The Azrieli SMART Floor houses our Science, Instrumental, Music, Art and Computer Animation, and Robotics studios. We also have a modern Computer Lab, and a Library containing over 30,000 items. Our Physical Education and extra-curricular sports programs are provided in a 4000 sq. ft. well-equipped gym and satellite gyms in our Amiel Centre. Our bright, renovated lunch room allows our students with adequate space to socialize and interact.

The Academy benefits from its proximity to the Shaare Zion Synagogue. Its chapel and sanctuary are used for our religious services, and its social halls are used for our assemblies, exhibitions and special programs.

Our Preschool facility houses our Junior PreK , PreK and Kindergarten at our Amiel Early Childhood Center of our Dufferin Campus. It is fully air conditioned and newly renovated. The facility houses our Preschool library, gym, playground, the Mel Hoppenheim Family Foundation Theatre Centre and 140 of our youngest SSA family members. The early childhood center was created to meet the needs of our youngest SSA students.

Grades 1-6 have their theater performances and outdoor play in the new and spacious campus facilities.

Our Amiel Early Childhood Centre contains a full commercial kitchen allowing us to offer an optional hot lunch program 5 days a week to all our students.

Two playgrounds allow for outdoor green space and ample physical activity, including basketball courts, outdoor amphitheater and shaded areas. Our indoor gyms allow us to offer three periods of physical activity every week to all our students.

Vision

From generation to generation, the Jewish people have taught their children to cherish the knowledge and faith of their unique heritage and to live in accordance with Jewish values based on Torah and Israel while taking their place within society. As a leader in the Jewish Day School movement, Solomon Schechter Academy proudly takes its place in this tradition. While respecting the past, we prepare our students for the opportunities and responsibilities of contemporary society. By embracing our unique Canadian, Quebec and Jewish traditions and culture, the school provides an environment that fosters respect for diversity and strengthens the fabric of our society. Through its innovative and dynamic approach to education, the school nurtures each child, inspiring a passion for learning and providing the necessary foundation for achievement and success. Our Academy, with our dedicated faculty, is committed to excellence in education and to a partnership with Montreal’s Jewish community.